24 May 2020


Book Review / Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head...

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

Published:     28th July 2015
Publisher:  MIRA
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned


I am so glad that this was not the first story I had started with, to be honest.  In this story, we follow Heidi whose natural instinct is to help people sees a teenage girl with a baby sitting on the train platform looking like she needs help.  Heidi brings the teenager and baby into her home to help.  The teenager is obviously torn for some reason and the baby is ill.  Getting medical care and support, Heidi helps them as best she can.  But maybe things aren't as they seem for all involved. 

What I loved about this story...
I enjoyed following the story of the teenager.  Her beginnings and why she ended up where she ended up with the baby.  It was very traumatic.

What I didn't like about this story...
Unfortunately this story didn't do it for me.  Don't get me wrong, this was written well and kept me intrigued enough to want to keep going and finish the story but there really wasn't anything that hooked me in.  The pace of the story really didn't help me much with reading this.  I think if the pace in this story was faster, it would have captured my interest a bit more than it did.

In summary...

Slow paced with no surprises for me but written well and worth trying out if you like reading domestic thriller style novels.    I will be reading more novels by this author as I do like her writing style but this one just wasn't for me.